Curriculum

Students enrolled in the Biomedical Sciences Research master's program benefit from the expertise of faculty at EVMS. Our basic research scientists offer a hands-on approach to learning in several research focus areas. Students initially complete the year-long core curriculum, providing a foundation in molecular and cell biology, biochemistry and research techniques. The curriculum for the second year is individually developed for each student to encompass their specific interests.

This program is offered to students with two options: thesis or non-thesis. Both options consist of 1.5 years of core academic courses and 2 to 3 laboratory rotations, as well as advanced electives. Students in both options complete laboratory research projects in a faculty member's lab.

Thesis option: Students choosing the thesis option complete a research project that is developed into a written thesis and is defended in an oral presentation.

Non-thesis option: Students in the non-thesis option prepare a written report of their research followed by an oral presentation.

Course Sequence

Thesis Option

Non-thesis Option

Year 1: Fall
Year 1: Spring
Year 1: Summer
A mentor/adviser is selected at the end of the first year of study based on the student's area of interest and available laboratory space.
Year 2: Fall
Year 2: Spring
Year 2: Summer
  • Research (as needed)
  • Oral Presentation of Research

Total (both options): 47-49 credits

*Repeatable for credit.

Course Descriptions

BP 700: Molecules to Cells (2 credits)
The Molecules to Cells course presents the basic cellular functions and processes. This course is divided into three modules which study genome and gene expression, biochemistry of the cell, cell organelles, the cytoskeleton and protein trafficking. 

BP 701: Molecular and Cellular Techniques (2 credits)
This course provides an opportunity for students to gain an understanding of research techniques commonly employed in research laboratories.

BP 703: Cell Communication and Signaling (3 credits)
This is a foundational course covering basic cell membrane functions, cell signaling, cell specialization and immunology.

BP 705: Introduction to Research Literature (.5 credits)
This course is designed to train students in the interpretation of research literature. Students will assess the introduction, methods, results and discussion sections of journal articles.

BP 718: Introduction to the Laboratory (2 credits)
This intensive laboratory course introduces students to basic research techniques, including DNA purification, subcloning, polymerase chain reaction and cell culture methods.

BP 704: Molecular Genetics (1.5 credits)
Molecular Genetics will teach students the key aspects of molecular genetics including the important concept of genetic dissection as well as mutational analysis of gene and pathway function.

BP 719 or BP 819; BP 720 or BP 820; BP 721 or BP 821: Biomedical Sciences Lab Rotation I, II, III (2 credits each)
Students get hands-on laboratory experience in these lab rotations, with help from a pre-designated faculty member. These courses are designed for students to sample different types of research models, techniques and subject matter.

BP 706: Cell Energetics and Organ Function (4 credits)
This course integrates elements of cellular metabolism with organ system physiology. Students will gain an understanding of and critically discuss the cellular metabolic pathways required for normal function and the systemic organ function with a focus on human physiology.

BP 707: Methods in Cell Energetics and Organ Function (1 credit)
This course introduces students to various approaches to measure cell energetics, metabolism and basic organ function.

BP 709: Scientific Writing and Research Design (3 credits)  
Students learn how to design and write a realistic research proposal and gain a general understanding of how different techniques can be used to address a wide range of research questions. Students gain experience in small group presentation, evaluation and discussion of current scientific literature.

BP 710: Oral Communication Forum (1 credit)  
Students host seminar presentations in various research areas such as tumor biology, infectious diseases, immunology, molecular cell biology, cardiovascular and reproductive physiology, endocrinology and neuroscience. Journal articles describing major scientific advances are discussed and critiqued. This course is offered each year during the fall and spring semesters.

BP 771: Methods and Logic in Translational Biology (4 credits)   
This is an advanced course that will emphasize the key elements required to successfully design and conduct translational projects. The course will serve as a bridge between basic research and the clinical manifestations of disease, and it will cover therapies of the future that are still under development.

BP 773: Responsible Conduct in Science (1 credit)  
This course features a series of lectures that expose graduate students to moral and ethical dilemmas in biomedical sciences. The course will also expose students to peer review processes related to submission of grants and manuscripts.  

BP 798: Research (1-6 credits)  
Laboratory research for Research Master’s students in both thesis and non-thesis options.

BP 799: Thesis (1-6 credits)
Review of the student's literature and written presentation of research.

BP 895: Special Topics in Biomedical Sciences (1-3 credits)
Guided readings and discussions of current research topics in a specialized area. Prerequisites: approval of instructor.